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Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Diamonsters, Fire and Axe, Machi Koro, Machi Koro Harbor Expansion, News, Pandasaurus Games

Pandasaurus & IDW Games Holiday Gift Guide & Contest!

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THE 2015 IDW & PANDASAURUS GIFT GUIDE is the answer to all of the gamers (and soon to be!) gamers in your life you’re scratching your head about! From Stocking Stuffers to Family Games to full-on AP inducing Gamer’s Games, we’ve got it all sorted and explained.

Once you’re done perusing, check out our handy-dandy FLGS locator to find your precious! If you don’t have a local store near ya, “Diamonsters,” “Machi Koro” and “Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion” are at Barnes & Nobles and “Machi Koro” is now officially in Targets across the US!

To celebrate and spread the word about our guide, we’re launching a 12 Days of Holiday Guide Gift Giving Contest across ours and IDW’s social sites! EACH DAY a different game from our guide will be featured and up for grabs! Starting TODAY with “Diamonsters”! Check out Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for a chance to nab it!

Happy Holidays and Happy Gaming!!


~Team Pandasaurus

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Fire and Axe, News, Pirates of the Seven Seas, The Game

Fire & Axe, The Game and Pirates of the 7 Seas OFFICIALLY IN STORES!!!


So happy to announce that a Pandasaurus trifecta has officially hit stores and online! Run to your FLGS to nab a copy of the gorgeous, big box grail game, Fire & Axe, the buzzy Spiel Des Jahres nominated, The Game or the highly anticipated Mysterium follow-up,Pirates of the 7 Seas! Or all three! Check out each game’s page for all of the deets!

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in News, The Game/ 1

Spiel Nominee, THE GAME, is Coming!!!


Pandasaurus is thrilled to announce that we, along with our partners at IDW Games, will be bringing this year’s Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year) nominee to the US! From the brilliant German mind of Steffen Bendorf, comes the heart-thumping, lighting speed coop known simply as THE GAME.

THE GAME is no toy. You and your friends will have to work together if you are going to survive. How well can you coordinate your movements? Without talking? Can you trust your friends to make the right move? Quick thinking and spitfire cooperation will make or break you.

Are you ready to play The Game? Or will the game play you?

The Game is great for gamers (or non-gamers!) of all ages and levels. It’s truly a gateway must!

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Machi Koro, News

Machi Koro Nominated for SPIEL DES JAHRES

We here at Pandasaurus HQ are beside ourselves as our beloved Machi Koro is officially one of three games nominated for the top gaming honor of 2015 Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year)! For anyone wondering what the SDJ is, it’s kind of like the Oscars of tabletop gaming. Previous winners include grail games such as Ticket to Ride, Catan, Quirkle, Carcassonne, Dominion and Hanabi among many very notable others.

The two phenomenal games nominated alongside Machi are The Game and Colt Express. Thus, we know we’ve got some stiff and very deserving competition, but that makes the nomination all the better. It has been our great honor to bring the work of Machi’s brilliant designer, Masao Suganuma, and the visually incomparable artist, Noboru Hotta, to the United States.

Machi Koro is the first Japanese game to ever be nominated, so having just come back from visiting with the brains behind MK, we know that this means the world to the Japanese gaming community.

Winners will be announced soon, so stay tuned and thanks most of all to all of y’all for spreading the Machi love and letting the world know about this little game from Tokyo!

Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Fire and Axe, News/ 1

Exclusive Minis With First Edition of Fire and Axe

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Coming May of 2015!

Other Viking Games have come and gone, but one game lived on the lips of gamer’s everywhere: “Fire and Axe”.  This gem has been out of print for over a decade and going for North of $200 dollars second hand ever since.

The legend returns in a brand new deluxe edition from Pandasaurus Games and IDW Games.  Every care has been taken to update this classic game with all new, breathtaking art and design, inimitable miniatures and top notch components.

For the first print run only, we will be including 25 each of the Shield Maiden and Archer figures (5 in each player color).  So, be sure you contact your favorite game store and make sure you get a first edition copy reserved.


Posted on /by Nathan McNair/in Machi Koro, News, Tammany Hall

Machi Koro Hits Major Holiday Guides!


Everyone from BGG to Mommy Blogs are adding Machi Koro to their Holiday Gift Guides. Thinking about putting Machi under the tree? Don’t take our word for it!

GeekDad recommends this “quick-playing game that took me by surprise.” “It’s easy to learn and has a good mix of luck and strategy.”

The Morning News says, “In 1995, Settlers of Catan helped usher in a renaissance in contemporary boardgaming. Nearly two decades later, Machi Koro is here to remind us of the joys of city-building.”

BGG (the touchstone of table top) recommends as a “fast-playing” and “charming” family game.

Starlight Citadel dubs it a “fast-playing, colorful, and quick game.” With a “surprising degree of complexity.”

Other Gift Guides include mommy blog,, CoolStuffInc., GeekMom,Gameosity and more!

Already got Machi and want a chance to add some complexity (and a player) with a pre-release copy of the Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion? In honor of the glowing review our lil’ game got in the Guardian (“quick, light and full of charm”), we’ve got contests going on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Instagram.

And don’t forget about the critically acclaimed Tammany Hall (for the more back-stabbing set)! Tammany Hall: For the Gamer Who Deserves Coal in Their Stockings.

Happy Holidays to all our Panda S fans!